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Overtraining and Ammonia body odor????(8 posts)

Overtraining and Ammonia body odor????abicirider
May 19, 2002 3:47 PM
Just wondering if anybody else feels this is accurate or correct I was reading that sweat or first thing in the shower if you get a strong stint of ammonia it is a sign of overtraining. For me latley have had some not up to par training days then I paid attention in the shower and sure enough when the water hit before any soap there was an inital ammonia (strong) smell. any feedback into this theory would be appreciated.

Thank you
Ray Still
North Carolina
re: Overtraining and Ammonia body odor????flying
May 19, 2002 4:20 PM
I have not experienced that but....
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re: Overtraining and Ammonia body odor????weiwentg
May 19, 2002 5:02 PM
that's not right. ammonia is generated when muscle tissue is broken down under intense physical stress, i.e. a hard workout.
re: Overtraining and Ammonia body odor????kyvdh
May 19, 2002 6:09 PM
I have experienced the same thing and agree with the post above about the breakdown of muscle. The question then is is that harmful. It sounds like it until you remember that muscle repair and rebuild is what makes us stronger. I think I read on CTS forum some time ago that what you need to do is make sure you take in some protein along with carbs right after the hard workout. Be careful though. I started doing that after my 9-10pm trainer ride, it soon became a whole meal and my weight started to go up. Oops. I don't think it is a sign of overtraining but it does indicate you need to allow time for the muscle to rest and give it the nutrition it needs to rebuild. FWIW.

Pete
re: Overtraining and Ammonia body odor????bm
May 19, 2002 6:41 PM
kyvdh is right. i know some of this from my bodybuilding days. ammonia is partly the breakdown of the glutamine protein, one of the most abundant in actual muscle composition. i believe ammonia it's a by-product of a physical process.

i read something about ammonia concentration in the book, "optimum sports nutrition." don't remember the exact details though.

you can find out more info looking at sports nutrition books and websites like bodybuilding.com

good luck
re: Overtraining and Ammonia body odor????jjdbike
May 20, 2002 10:49 AM
I am not sure, but I believe that the ammonia smell is due to nitrogen from breaking down protiens. I have heard of this in people on high fat/protien diets. I do bellieve that if this is the case that your kidneys are being substancially taxed and it is not a safe condition. I would seek professional advice but in the meantime examine your caloric intake balance & make sure that you are getting enough carbs. Again, I am not a professional, only what I rember about things I have heard & read. But definatly look into it to make sure that you are not unduely stressing your body or that you do not have some type of metabloic imbalance.
JD
re: Overtraining and Ammonia body odor????weiwentg
May 20, 2002 11:10 AM
>I am not sure, but I believe that the ammonia smell is due to nitrogen from breaking down protiens.

that's right. under conditions of severe stress, the body needs to use protein as fuel.

>I do bellieve that if this is the case that your kidneys are being substancially taxed and it is not a safe condition.

that's not correct. it's normal. after a weight session I would often smell of ammonia. haven't noticed it recently, but I haven't been perspiring as much (due to climate change). there's no problem with metabolic imbalance.
Yep, I've noticed it as well. . .js5280
May 21, 2002 9:37 AM
I don't think it's dangerous symptoms or anything like that, it happens all the time w/ me after a good ride.